St Joseph is located in Buchanan County
, 30 miles north of Kansas City
along Interstate 229. It lies on the banks of the Missouri River near the Kansas state line.
Joseph Robidoux established the Blacksnake Hills trading post with the Indians in 1826. Well-situated, Robidoux's post became the City of St. Joseph in 1843. The Pony Express got its start here in 1860; in 1882, Tom Howard, a.k.a. Jesse James, met his fate in St. Joseph.
The city, population approximately 72,000, enjoys four distinct seasons. The coldest month is January at 24.9 degrees and the warmest month is July with 78.5 degrees. St. Joseph's occupational base has become diversified with the ten largest employers comprising nine different industries. The Frontier Casino Riverboat's recent opening contributes to the city's economy.
Other St. Joseph offerings include historic architecture; a continuous 26-mile parkway system with picturesque landscapes, wooded areas and family-oriented parks; and 12 city festivals.